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Connected car development partnership
Volkswagen and LG sign agreement to collaborate on the development of technology to connect vehicles to the smart home.
Volkswagen and LG Electronics have agreed to perform joint research and development on a new connected car service platform.
As part of the agreement, VW and LG will work together on the car manufacturer’s Cross-Over-Platform, which is aimed at enhanced vehicle connectivity and convenience. Using the latest in cloud technology, it will offer drivers seamless digital access to extensive features such as smart home and location-based services.
Over the coming years, the two companies will focus on:
* The development of technologies that bring together the connected car and the smart home so that drivers are able to control and monitor smart devices in their homes remotely.
* The development of a context-sensitive notification centre that can deliver messages in an intuitive and safe manner and provide optimised recommendations to the driver in real time.
* The development of infotainment technology for connected cars.
“Volkswagen is pressing on with the digitalisation of its brands. Our focus in doing so is comfort, safety and energy efficiency for our customers. LG is a strong, reliable partner in the implementation of new features and a source of innovation in the networked household. We look forward to working with LG and to developing future simple, easy-to-use smart home products for our customers integrated into our vehicle systems,” said Professor Thomas Form, Head of Electronics and Vehicle Research of Volkswagen at the official signing of the agreement.
“LG Electronics and Volkswagen are teaming up to develop the next generation of connected car platform that allows wide integration with smart home services and adoption of open IoT connectivity technologies,” said Richard Choi, Head of the LG Cloud Centre. “We think LG’s expertise in smart technology together with Volkswagen’s position in the automotive sector will have a large effect on the way drivers interact with their vehicles.”
This agreement is an example of the long-standing relationship that LG and Volkswagen have developed over the years. LG was one of the first electronics companies to commit itself to the automotive industry. It has been supplying audio-visual products for vehicles since 2007.
In March 2015, Volkswagen subsidiary Italdesign Guigiaro unveiled its GEA concept car at the Geneva Motor Show with seven key components supplied by LG Electronics, including the holographic display, connected smart watch, tail lights and rear camera.